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JULY, 1930
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1907 Continued

really am satisfied to stay in America forever more. I forgot to state that in my recent travels here I have used every modern and ancient method of transportation. It is very interesting to see them drive a team or several teams of oxen, with one man in the rear to handle the whip,and one boy out in front to guide the first team. Plowing is down the same way. In Australia the driver handles his whip in such a fashion that he can guide the front team by making the lash hit the ears of the front team, even though there may be ten to twelve teams doing the hauling.

"In many native villiages the black man's costume is missing. Unfortunately, we have not seen many wild animals. This was probably due to the fact we very seldom left the highway. I have found the country as a whole very delighful. Many places remind me of California, Arizona, and Nevada. The climate is ideal. All they need here is some boosters and population. There are only one and a quarter million whites and six million blacks. For recreation I play golf and there are many lovely courses here, particularly at Durban in Natal and Johannesberg in the Transvaal. My home address will be as usual, 2331 Sixth Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif., which I expect to reach in August."

Hud Hastings, who is chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Yale University, is serving as a member of the University Council and also as a member of the staff of the Institute of Human Relations. On May 22, he delivered an address on "An Analysis of the Present Business Situation" before the annual meeting of the Connecticut Jewelers Association. As usual, his ability extends to public service, for he is chairman of the Connecticut State Industrial Council of the Y.M.C.A., a member of the Budget Committee of the New Haven Community Chest, and Vice-President of New Haven COuncil, Boy Scouts of America. - Here is some real news. Fred Jaccard reports the birth of another son on June 27, 1929, which gives him seven children. So far as we know, Ralph Crosby is the only '07 man who has seven children, and has held this record position for several years. If any other '07 man has seven or more, please notify the Secretary.

E. W. James, in addition to his regular work with the United States Bureau of Public Roads, has what he calls a consulting job as Miembro Consejo Nacional de Vias de Comunicacion, Republic of Colombia. He has traveled 5,000 miles in Colombia, South America, has crossed the Andes sixteen times, made the Magdalena River trip three times, Panama twice, Mexico twice, and sailed on June 21 again for Panama and Colombia on an Inter-American highway project. He is the author of "Highway Construction Administration and Finance." - Another Class bachelor has joined the ranks of the majority. Walter Kirby was married in January 1929 to Mrs. Helen C. McCreary. Congratulations, Walter. Walter is an architect at 681 Fifth Avenue, New York City, and he has published articles on country houses in House and Garden and American Home.

George Norton was promoted in March 1930 to be General Manager and Treasurer of Eaton, Crane and Pike of California (a corporation associated with Eaton, Crane and Pike Company at Pittsfield, Mass., paper manufacturers). George's address is 770 Mission Street, San Francisco, Calif. He write that he has found John Thomas of our Class to have taken on as much weight as is proper for good looks. John, the Class will remember, is district superintendent for the Pacific Coast, for the American Can Company. - Robert K. (Bob) Taylor has been an assistant engineer with Board of Transportation, City of New York, since September 1928. His address is 250 Hudson Street, New York City.

Sam Very is an architect at 100 East 45th Street, New York City. He writes that the firm of Very and Brown was disolved due to Mr. Brown moving to France to live and that Mr. Brown has retained him professionally for additions to a stone house he has bought to live in at La Baule, Loire Interieur. Sam went abroad in June of this year to take charge of the design. - Chester Vose write that his father died in 1926 and that he is now running the cranberry growing business alone. He spent the month of March 1928 in Cuba with our classmate Byron P. Luce. - Harold Wilkins, a U.S. Army officer, write that in October 1929, when riding to hounds his horse fell on him, breaking his hip, and keeping him in the hospital ever since. He expects to be retired from the army for physical disability. - BRYANT NICHOLS, Secretary, 2 Rowe Street, Auburndale, Mass. HAROLD S. WONSON, Assistant Secretary, International Shoe Company, Manchester N. H.

1909

A most interesting letter has recently been received from William F. Gilman, who is locatde in far away Canton, China, with the Kwang Tung Electric Supply Company, Ltd. I know you all will be interested in Gilman's remarks, which follow: "Your kind letter, suggesting a few lines regarding experiences in the Far East, found a willing but negligent writer. Professor and Mrs. Dugald C. Jackson recently visited a few days in our Oriental atmosphere. They were en route around the world, with no definite itinerary excepting home in June. The Euro-American Returned Students Club, M.I.T. men both Chinese and foreign, endeavored to make their visit here a pleasant one. Mrs. Jackson mentions in a most casual manner some eighteen Chinese chows to her credit, each chow consisting of ten to twenty differnt kinds of food. Average time per chow, three hours. Professor Jackson is very efficient in the use of Chinese cutlery. Only an expert can handle sharks' fins with the ivory chop-sticks. To a couple of foreigners their visit was ample ecuse to declare a holiday.

"As to experiences in the Far East - proximity to the firing line is apt to lead to a biased and partial close-up. Foreign journalists in this part of Asia have been known to remove their residence over night. To write in the abstract is difficult when thoughts are insistent on concrete expression. Sometimes the wars ,ean temporary prosperity in the war zone. More frequently the wars spell economic and social disaster. As a resident at intervals during the past few years, and the personal acquaintance with several of the principal leaders in the Nationalist Government, I believe it is possible that, eventually, a stabilized and unified government may be effected. Today, the situation is speculative. Chinese wars sometimes cover a peroid of 300 years.

"The following translation from the Chinese text of a letter to the citizens of Canton, published in the local newspapers, epresses figuatively my experiences with the second largest electric utility company in China. The company known as the Electric Supply Company is Chinese owned and managed. 'To whom it may concern: Owing to the increasing demand by the overload of production, it is dicouraging to find that the receipts from revenue source have not proportionately been increased. This was mainly due to the difficulty od reducing to a minimum the unauthorized direct connections to steal current and unrestricted consumption practised by the consumers. This company had on the 24th ult. petitioned the Department of Public Utility as follows:

" 'That while being provided with day current to supply electric lights for obscure places in daytime, to transact business during office hours, it has been left to the servants to put out such electric lights without restrictions, with the result that either at places where sunlight prevails or at open verandas and public thoroughfares, all the electric lights shone forth incessantly. The responsible regarded it as being unavoidable. The generating plant of this company could not then have the chance of reducing its output to a minimum during the twenty-four hours resulting i a breakdown eventually. During the severe winter, when we have had tedious long nights, the consumption of all citizens has been unusually heavy. If such wastage were not put to an end, to say nothing of economice losses, it would effect materially the supply and demand question. It will be seen that as the weather condition did not differ much and the consumption was much about the same, such wastage was a leap in the dark. Moreover, the price of coal keeps on continual increases and the quantity of coal used daily is 250 tons as compared with 200 tons usually, which represents an increase of $1000.00 daily for cost of production. In view of the financial stringency of this company and since such wastage is irrecoverable, the result would be disasterous. This led not only to economic losses of the company, but also jeopardized the safety of electric supply.
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